The 2010 Mustang Marks the 45th Anniversary of the Iconic Pony Car

The 2010 Mustang Marks the 45th Anniversary of the Iconic Pony Car

The 2010 Mustang marks the 45th anniversary of the iconic pony car, and though it still resonates with the past, a number of upgrades and updates have helped bring it into a competitive position with its 21st-century competition, the new Camaro and Challenger.

By definition, the 2010 Ford Mustang is a rear-wheel drive available in two body styles: a 2+2 fastback coupe and a 2+2 soft-top convertible. For those that find a coupe cabin confining, there’s a unique glass roof option available - check out our review of the 2009 glass roof model to see the advantages and disadvantages of that configuration.

A 210-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 is the standard engine on the Mustang, but V-8 GT models now get a higher-output V-8 making 315 horsepower, the same as the 2008 Bullitt special edition, though the 2010 model doesn’t get a shorter rear differential ratio or other special Bullit-specific equipment.

From what we’ve seen in the past, the V-6 should deliver decent but not sporting levels of fun, while the new V-8's beefy sound and quick throttle response promises much more entertainment. Both engines can be had with five-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Over our nearly 200-mile stint with a manual-equipped 2010 Mustang GT - also shod with the newly available 19-inch aluminum rims - we noticed acceleration was immediate and powerful, while the action of the five-speed's linkage was smooth, each gear slotting into place with a clean, positive engagement. Mustangs of the past haven’t been especially known for their quiet cabin or comfy ride, but the 2010 Mustang benefits from new chassis bracing and a recalibrated suspension that yields a more refined ride and gives it more stick in corners.

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